Our friends at Venus Envy are celebrating PRIDE with free educational workshops.
Some of our favourites include:
Safer Sex Queered
This is the fun, sexy, and pleasure-focused sex ed class you never got in high school. We aim to be inclusive by talking about different kinds of bits responding to different sensations, and opening up our minds to different pathways to pleasure! We’ll cover the ins and outs of STI transmission, some risks involved in having different kinds of sex, how to talk about STIs and safer sex, and how to use barriers and make them sexy. The workshop will focus on folks who are often left out of safer sex education and conversations, including, but not limited to, people who are queer, trans, and/or women.
Everyone has unique sexual desires. While recognizing everyone’s agency, we’ll discuss the ways in which oppression and privilege inform those desires, and the effects that has on us. Who is undesirable and why? Come ready to participate, and critically examine your own desires.
Consider this sex positivity 101! Confidence, Consent and Communication focuses on creating a positive relationship with sex. Learn how to move beyond judgment and stigma to embrace what works for you, and to be more comfortable voicing what doesn’t. We will also discuss how to handle different wants and needs, and how to hear a ‘No’ with compassion. Sex positivity affects our self-image, our ability to communicate and establish boundaries, and gives us permission to approach new experiences with a resounding ‘Yes!’. Open to everyone!
Reading Out Loud
Thursday August 20th
Every year we host Reading Out Loud, a literary event for Pride! This year, we’re inviting some very talented local writers to share their own work with us, as well as a short piece by an author who has inspired them, or just a passage that they love!
Readings by Allison Armstrong, Ade Boluwatife, Cassandra Humenuk, Oakley Kiss,Jenna Tenn-Yuk, and Dee!
Cassandra Humenuk is a 31 year old kinky queer trans woman who grew up here in unceded algonquin territory. By day she works in tech support. She considers herself a work in progress.
Ade is a 25-year-old writer and performer and Pisces who goes by she/they.
“I have taken solace in writing since i was old enough to understand my necessity to do so. I spend most days scribbling down mini poems and flashes of pieces, some of which turn into full-blown poems and some which solely serve their purpose as release. I enjoy teaching, writing and performing spoken word specifically because I feel that there is power in purposely choosing to reveal the most vulnerable parts of ourselves.” ~ Ade Boluwatife
Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a spoken word artist, public speaker, facilitator and storyteller. She has performed and spoken nationally at TEDx, Pecha Kucha and numerous conferences. She was a 2014 Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence and a member of the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Wild Card team. She is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program and has written for the Huffington Post and the Ottawa Citizen. She has a master’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Ottawa, where she lectured on spoken word and activism, and conducted research on the local slam poetry scene.
Oakley found them self through Crip Culture, art and feminism.,They have been writing since they were 8 years old, they plan to publish a poetry collection as well as Crip Erotica someday. They love learning and doing things differently. They give some of the best hugs!
Allison Armstrong is a queer leather femme, a sex workers’ rights activist, and a Professional Naked Girl. She has performed at Dyke March 2011, Don’t Feed the Stereotypes, and the Dusty Owl reading series, and has been published by Hyacinth Noir, Cuir & Queer press, Bywords.ca, and Venus in Scorpio. She is passionate about local food, sustainable living, creativity, crafting, and kink.